14:55 Navan Mon 18 March 2019
Returning from a break when winning a 2m handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (yielding) earlier this month. Raised 7lb for that success and is one for the shortlist despite having to concede weight to all of his rivals.
Good second in a 2m2f handicap hurdle at Ballinrobe (heavy) in April last year. Unraced since finishing second on the Flat later that month and market support would be notable on his return.
Placed on four of his five hurdles starts including when 15L second at Clonmel (2m3f, good) in a maiden hurdle last month. Blinkers worn for the first time that day are absent for this contest.
Well held third over fences at Listowel (2m1f, soft) in September last year and struggled over 3m at Punchestown (good-to-yielding) last month on his only subsequent start. Cheekpieces tried for the first time down in trip.
Struggled in five runs since placing second in a 2m6f handicap hurdle at Fairyhouse (heavy) in April last year. Others hold stronger claims.
Maiden hurdle winner on good ground at Tipperary last May. Best effort since when finishing a decent fifth in as even runner novice hurdle at Thurles (2m4f, good) last month. Interesting on handicap debut.
Broke her maiden over hurdles when winning a 2m2f contest at Fairyhouse (heavy) at the start of 2018. Making her handicap debut following a lengthy absence.
Off the mark over hurdles when taking a 2m handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (soft) earlier this month. Represents a to yard but has to defy a 13lb rise in the weights if he is to follow-up in this contest.
Returning from a break when finishing 4L third in a 2m handicap hurdle at Naas (good) last month. Trip and forecast ground both in her favour and has a top jockey booked to ride.
Good fourth over 2m at Fairyhouse (good-to-yielding) but well held on his only subsequent outing and tongue tie is tried for the first time in this event.
Winner of three of his 16 hurdles starts most recently over C&D on yielding ground in September 2017. Had just two starts since however including when running well for a long way at Gowran Park (2m4f, yielding) last month.
Good second to Serious Ego in a 2m handicap hurdle at Leopardstown (soft) earlier this month. Gets in off a low weight here but a bit to find with that rival if he is to take this contest.
Last Year's Winner
Sil Ver Klass (10/3), Serious Ego (4/1), Edelpour (5/1), Martello Park (7/1), Cliff House (8/1), Ejayteekay (10/1), Kilkeaskins First (10/1), Mick The Boyo (14/1), Devil's Glen (14/1), Prospectus (14/1), Three Wise Men (20/1), Miles To Memphis (20/1)
- Serious Ego
- Cliff House
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